GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Kent County jury Friday convicted Deshawn Threats in the beating death of his two-year-old daughter, who was covered with bruises and suffered a ruptured stomach prior to her death.
Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Helen Brinkman said the girl suffered "horrific'' injuries that also included a severed pancreas, tearing in her gums and a broken rib. The girl's body showed bruising on the face and forehead and dried blood on the lips.
"I'm just glad justice was done today for Zaeyana," said Brinkman. "Now everybody can rest in peace."
Threats faces life in prison without possibility of parole. He was ordered held without bond in the Kent County Jail until he is sentenced.
Prosecutors say Zaeyana Driggs-Threats was found dead the morning of Aug. 14 by her mother, Darci Driggs. Threats claimed he found the girl's body under a Dora the Explorer toddler bed at the home they rented on Fourth Street NW. Threats was left alone the night before to supervise the girl and two other children, ages 3 and 6 months while Driggs worked at a nearby restaurant.
Jurors began deliberations Friday morning on the felony murder charge. Defense attorney Richard Hillary told jurors that his client became the focus of the criminal investigation based on prior convictions for domestic violence. Two months before the girl's death, Driggs filed a personal protection order against Threats, but it was not served.